Woman named Marijuana Pepsi earns Ph.D, has Beloit roots

Courtesy: Jim Stingl (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
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BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) -- Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck, a 46-year-old woman with Beloit roots, now holds a Ph.D in higher education from Cardinal Stritch University.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports​ Vandyck has been studying for her doctorate for eight months.

Since graduating, she tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "I'm going to be called Dr. Marijuana Pepsi!"

As part of her PhD, she interviewed students who had experiences similar to hers in school, learning about the effect that their distinct names had on their teachers and education.

"Regardless of what they do, say or what they're trying to put in place, you still have to move forward and succeed," Dr. Marijuana Pepsi says. "That's my big thing. Don't use that as an excuse. Use that as a steppingstone to keep on going."

Dr. Marijuana Pepsi works full-time at Beloit College as director of a program that serves first-generation college students. The program also serves those who come from low-income families or have learning or physical disabilities.

Despite her name, Dr. Marijuana Pepsi says she’s never smoked grass and doesn’t drink soda regularly, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Dr. Marijuana Pepsi graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1990. She lives at a 3-acre hobby farm in Pecatonica, Illinois with her husband, Fredrick.